Web Development Documentation

Creating a Menu Item that links to a Category Blog

Category Blog vs Category List

  • A "Category Blog" layout will display, for a selected category, content from the "Intro Text" of the article.  Intro Text is the content above the Read More divider.  If there is no Read More divider, all content from the article will show.
  • A "Category List" layout displays a listing of articles in a category. The titles will link to the article. It can be set to display some other information such as Author and Published date.  Instructions for setting up a "Category List" page are here.

Setting up a Category Blog page

  1. Log on to your site using the Administrator Login.
  2. Go to Menus > Main Menu  (or whichever menu you'd like to create the menu item in) and click Add New Menu Item:
    Add New Menu Item
  3. Enter the name for the menu item (as it should appear in the Menu) in the Menu Title field (see #1 below). You may leave the box for Alias blank; one will automatically be generated.
  4. Next to the box for Menu Item Type, click the Select button (see #3 below)New Menu item: Menu Title, Parent Item, and Menu Item Type "Select" button
  5. A "Menu Item Type" pop-up window will open. Choose the appropriate menu item type from the list.  Click Articles, then click Category Blog (see #2 below):

    menuitemtypeblog

  6. Once this option is chosen, there will be a field titled "Choose a category". Select the appropriate category from the drop down list:
    Menu Item Type "Category List:" Choose a category
  7. If your new menu item should appear as a drop-down selection, go to the Parent Item drop-down menu and select the existing menu item that the new menu item should appear under (see #2 below). If you leave "Menu Item Root" selected for Parent Item, your new menu item will appear as a top-level item:

    New Menu item: Menu Title, Parent Item, and Menu Item Type "Select" button
  8. Click Save to the upper left: Joomla 3 "Save" button

Ordering Articles

  1. To adjust ordering of articles, go to the "Blog Layout" tab (see #1 below) and select one of the following options from the "Article Order" dropdown menu (see #2 below):
    • Use Global (in parentheses will be the default "Global" setting)
    • Featured Articles Order
    • Most Recent First
    • Oldest First
    • Title Alphabetical
    • Title Reverse Alphabetical
    • Author Alphabetical
    • Author Reverse Alphabetical
    • Most Hits
    • Least Hits
    • Random Order
    • Article Order: the order of the articles in Content -> Articles. The Article Order can be adjusted.
    • Article Reverse Order
    • Votes descending
    • Votes ascending
    • Ratings descending
    • Ratings ascending
    Category Blog menu item: Blog Layout tab
  2. When done, Click Save & Close to the upper left: Save & Close

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